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Huntingdon woman named Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

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Madelynn Ross of Huntingdon has joined the Weakley County Prevention Coalition as the part-time Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist with Melesa Lassiter BSN, RN ROPS in Region 6N of Tennessee.

Ross will be primarily working in Carroll and Benton Counties.  She is originally from Jackson, but recently purchased a home in Huntingdon, to be closer to family. 

   She has one daughter, Heather Kee, who is the reading specialist at Huntingdon Primary School. Her son-in-law is Dr. Jonathan Kee, who was recently elected as the new Huntingdon Special School District’s director of schools, from his position as principal of Huntingdon High School. 

   Ross formerly worked for A Mother’s Love, a treatment program in Humboldt, that is designed to treat pregnant women with substance use disorder. She is a person with lived experience and recovery from a substance use disorder. She has made it her mission to help others who struggle with addiction issues.  She is well connected in the recovery community in Carroll and surrounding areas.

She will be training and equipping individuals, medical community, law enforcement, and first responders on the opioid epidemic and the use of Naloxone (Narcan).

  “I am truly grateful and excited for this opportunity,” she said. “I really hope I can make a difference in someone’s life that is struggling.” 

Naloxone is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as  a possible opioid overdose. 

   “We know that she will bring so much to this role and we are excited to see the ways she deeply connects training, outreach, and naloxone in the communities she serves,” said Lassiter. 

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